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book. he's a fascinating character. you know, i mean, my knowledge of the hulk is even in britain this guy was huge, physically, on television, as a box office star. how would you sum up marriage to the hulk? >> well, we were married for 24 years. and you know, it was great. i mean, honestly, i never dreamed that we would end up having the lifestyle that we did. when i met him, he was in the "rocky 3" movie, and i thought that he was an actor playing a wrestler because in california back then wrestling wasn't even on tv, and i didn't know what it was. i was like, you wrestle? like what is that? so -- but you know, soon after we started going out. we got married, and i went on the road with him, and i learned. i realized what all was involved. and it's quite a job. i mean, especially working with the wwf. that was a huge empire that, you know, became even bigger. rock and roll. it was like being married to a rock star. >> and of course as the book details his behavior became pretty similar to that of most rock stars. i mean, let's be brutally frank. you know, you had to go through
play for ireland, i can play for great britain. it's a tough one. i mean it's -- and it's always going -- i'm always going to have to answer that and deal with that question because of where i grew up. you know, i regard myself as northern irish and that's all i can really say. >> that's probably the diplomatic answer, isn't it? >> yeah, it would have to be. >> did you have a tough upbringing, would you say? did you have much money as a family? >> no. no, not at all. my mom and dad worked very hard to give me the best chance not just in golf but in life. you know, i was an only child, you know, my dad worked three jobs at one stage. my mom worked night shifts in a factory. >> what did they do? >> my dad was a bar manager and worked in separate places, you know, in the daytime and then in the night. and my mom worked in a factory that produced tape and sort of industrial goods and she worked night shift in there. so they worked very hard. and i -- being so young, you're sort of oblivious to it all, and it's only when you become a little older and a little wiser that you realize how much
over in britain was that the politicians were very much involved in this, in that they were afraid of making the media very angry. do you fear any of that here? the simple truth you talk about politicians criticizing the media, you're criticizing people who buy ink by the barrel. >> i'm accustomed to being in this boxing ring here. i served three years in the army. i'm not afraid of repercussions. i know that i'm on the right side of the question. it's going to be asked. i don't think about repercussions. if i think i'm on the right track, that's where i'm going to stay. >> how soon do you want this to move and how soon do you expect it to move, if at all, in this investigation? >> asap. it has to be done in an orderly fashion. i would urge hayes from the justice department because this now lingers over us in a very unpleasant unfair way. >> senator lautenberg, thanks for joining us tonight. >> glad to be here, thanks. >> this, as you can tell is getting ugly here, getting uglier over there. prime minister david cameron was grilled in parliament why he hired a former murdoch editor
's infecting his news corp. empire and is making sure everyone in britain knows it. taking out giant apology ads in seven national newspapers today. the uproar has already led murdoch to shut down "the news of the world," his enormously popular u.k. tabloid. the scandal came to light whether actor hugh grant secretly taped a conversation with a former "news of the world" journalist, paul mcmullen. i spoke with mcmullen who said that hacking phones to get information illegally happened all the time at the paper. >> everybody knew. it started from the time way back in the '90s when you could buy a scanner in a shop and sit outside a from's house and actually taperecord their entire conversation. when that became illegal to buy a scanner, all you were left with was getting into the voicemail of the celebrity or politician, whoever was being targeted. i mean, everybody knew -- it was commonplace. it wasn't just journalists. it was kids in the schoolyard who were doing it to their mate. it was just a very common trick. all you had to do was hit 9 and put in the pin code and people didn't even cha
cop resigned amid the phone hacking scandal in great britain. the head of the london police department, sir paul stevenson, resigned. he quit under intense pressure after it was revealed that scotland yard hired a former editor as a media consultant. that editor has also been arrested in connection with the scandal. >> i and the people who know me know that my integrity is completely intact. i may wish we'd have done some things differently, but i'll not lose any sleep over my personal integri integrity. >> british lawmakers are preparing to grill rupert and james murdoch. a parliamentary committee will question the duo about the scandal tomorrow. >>> today money will be flowing at the white house in the form of the nation's most prominent billionaires. president obama is hosting warren buffett and bill and melinda gates along with other members of the giving pledge. the giving pledge was founded by buffett and the gates family last year. it encourages america's wealthiest citizens to giving more than half their wealth to philanthropic and charitable causes. 69 individuals and their fa
crisis where britain was involved in an action we told them not to be involved in and britain said, no, we're going forward with our interest there and america threatened using economic policy because we held so much of their debt. i am scared of the day america -- foreign policy will be affected by those people who hold our debt and they will be able to reign control over us. this is very crucial. >> if i could go on that, we know who you're talking about, china already owns more than a quarter of america's debt. that's a staggering amount of debt to be held by one nation. at the moment, they haven't flexed their muscles in the way you just discussed but they could, couldn't they? >> absolutely. that's what i worry about. i think the future of foreign policy is going to be even more, i think it already is, even more controlled by economic interests and economic strength. that's why america should be focusing in my opinion and i think often like the president says, healing our economy and strengthening our nation economically and relieving us, like we are addicts right now, relieving u
passionate, wasn't it. it duh show how passionate the feelings are in britain. this is a significant time in british parliamentary history. this is pretty unique. the power of the media, the issues of the police, and the relationships with 3 parliament and with the prime minister's office all mixed up, all at issue is how uncomfortable, how cozy is that relationship. that's what's really coming out for britain. that's what parliament is discussing. that's why they're so passionate about the criticisms of david cameron the prime minister today. this was an emergency session of parliament which he called for to try to clear the air. >> we'll have to see whether there are real implications here, consequences for the highest levels of government there in london. thank you for the lead in. the bloggers, the reporters, the business analysts are scrutinizing yesterday's testimony of rupert murdoch and his son james. both denied any knowledge of the phone hacking scandal and dodged questions about megapayments to victims on the receiving end. >> mr. murdoch do you accept that ultimately you are r
right now. >> he's running for u.s. president, so why is he across the pond in great britain? a little crazy. well, he's over there for a couple things. first of all, fund-raiser yesterday. raising money in britain? there's a lot of americans who work and live over there. a lot of money, a lot of them republicans. so that was one of the things he did. today he's going to number 10 downing street, meeting with ministers. yesterday he met with the former prime minister tony blair. is this unheard of? no. rudy giuliani did this four years ago. john mccain, as well, and barack obama. so not unheard of for some americans who are running for president to go across the pond. we'll keep our eyes on it and everything else on the campaign trail. >> and he's got a little leeway with his lead. paul, good to talk to you. >>> a canadian sports doctor has pleaded guilty to charge that's brought illegal drugs into the united states to treat pro athletes. anthony galia is accused of traveling to the united states multiple times with drugs like human growth hormone and a derivative of calf blood. prosec
on the widening media jajeds in great britain. police have uncovered enough information to expand the investigation to other companies and rupert murdoch is back in the united states after facing tough questions from members of the british parliament. analysts believe murdoch and his son james managed to cape the damage to their company news corp. but the damage is jaw-dropping as how sleazy some of tactics were. cnn a cnn's deborah feyerick. >> reporter: like the "news of the world" it appears every one everywhere was fair game. actors. business tycoons. royals. prime ministers. politicians. all potential front page fodder caught up in a type of scandal driven journalism that bordered on blood sport. allegedly involving hacking, tracking and outright bribes. >> they very much crossed the line and they didn't just do it once or twice. we are not talking about a single rogue reporter. apparently, it happened at least 4,000 times. >> reporter: media executive bonnie fuller has been the driving force behind magazines like "star" "us weekly." you have a much stronger takedown culture
, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>> good evening. the growing fallout from great britain's newspaper phone hacking scandal gained new momentum today, claiming two major figures. including scotland yard's top cop. tonight the woman who until recently ran rupert murdoch's newspaper holdings in the uk is under arrest. and the head of the london police department has abruptly resigned amid questions over his department's pursuit of the case. all this being followed very closely in this country, which is home to some of the crown jewels of murdoch's now damaged media empire. nbc's stephanie gosk is in london tonight with late developments for us in the case. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. well, the casualties in this story continue to pile up. rebekah brooks, one of rupert murdoch's most trusted executives is under arrest tonight. her spokesman says that she turned herself in and she's cooperating. then late tonight a surprise announcement from scotland yard that sir paul stephenson, the chief of police for the organization now investigating this s
in great britain where he's already shut down one newspaper. where we know people's cell phones were hacked and where today, murdoch and his son and former employee faced members of parliament in a hearing. both murdochs tried to stay above the fray and then the fray came to them in the form of a guy with a cream pie aimed right at the face of the patriarch. it was that kind of day. it's been that kind of scandal. we begin our reporting here tonight with nbc's stephanie gosk in london, stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. brian. the police were armed with machine guns outside the front doors of parliament today, a good indication it was not going to be business as usual. many here in london said today that this was one of the most important days in parliament's history. the murdoch's made a business out of covering the story. today, they were the story. the man who runs the second largest media company in the world side-by-side with his son, in front of members of parliament. apologetic. >> this has been the most humble day of my life. >> i would like to say as well, how sorr
into britain's lucrative satellite television business in a surrender to public outrage and political pressure. >> what has happened to this company is disgraceful, it got to be addressed at every level, and they should stop thinking about mergers when they've got to sort out the mess they've created. >> reporter: the prime minister dave cameron met today with the parents of the teen-age girl milly dowler whose stone lies at the heart of this scandal. she was murdered in 2002, but only last monday the public learned her phone had been hacked by murdoch's paper, "news of the world." and messages were deleted, which gave her parents false hope that she was still alive. mark lewis is the family's lawyer. >> the people could not ignore the fact, and the newspapers could not ignore the fact that a dead little girl was having her phone hacked. i mean, how far, how low do you have to stoop? >> reporter: it set off 10 days worth of dirty tricks allegations that murdoch papers had hacked the voice mails of families touched by tragedy and paid off the police. eight people have so far been arrested and t
-page apologies -- their work full-page apologies. there'll be evidence in parliament in britain by rupert murdoch. this arrest may affect the outcome of what she is able to say at this hearing on tuesday now that she's been arrested by the police. reporting for nbc news in london. >> 71 degrees on tv hill. trouble backing up traffic in the annapolis area. >> after a long slump, the orioles find a way to right the ship. keith mills has details. >> don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day. what do you think of california's decision to make a gay history class part of the public school curriculum? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> here is a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers. hope you have them. that's amazing. you know what else is amazing? how easy it is to save money on motorcycle, boat, or camper insurance with geico. geico, saving people money, on more than just car insurance. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. sara
a backlash at a time he was looking to expand his influence in great britain's media some 4000 accounts were illegally hacked ... victims of terror attacks as well as the celebrities retargeted murdoch closed the paper after all advertisers pulled out sunday will be the last edition. >>the paris prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation today into accusations by a french writer the former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn try to rape her. tristane banon filed a complaint this week saying that strauss- kahn attacked her during an interview for the project in 2003 prosecutors say the investigation could take months to determine whether travelers needed stress, is also accused of attempted rape of a new york made in may but both charges may be dropped. >>the royal couple will arrive in the united states today and they've already gone country at the duke and duchess of cambridge each were massive matching white cowboy hats and jeans to our reception for the calgary stampede in cabincavity yesterday they are taking part in special parade today before boarding a plane to l.a. royals
perform. the concert will be held in britain and proceeds will go to charity. >>> montgomery county residents will get to weigh in on a proposed curfew. the plan calls for teenagers under the age of 18 to be home by 11:00 p.m. sunday through thursday and by midnight on friday to saturday. a final vote is expected in the fall. a public hearing at 1:30 this afternoon at council headquarters in rockville. >>> virginia governor bob mcdonnell will sign a bill requiring emergency vehicles going through intersections to use a flashing lights or sirens. ashley's law was named after a 33-year-old killed in 2008 in mount vernon when a police officer not using a siren drove to red lights and collided with her vehicle. >>> the commonwealth could be the next jurisdiction to pass cayley's law. the new law would require a parent to report to police of their child is missing within 24 hours. a state senator says that he will introduce a bill in the next the legislative session. it is inspired by the casey anthony case. galahs are expected in 30 other states. >>> a-- similar laws are expected in 30
. >>> the demise are one of the most widely red newspapers on the planet, britain's "news of the world" will shut down after sunday's issue. cnn's dan rivers joins us from london. dan, this was amazing the speed in which he made this decision, shut it down. >> it was a complete bolt from the blue, candy. the police think there may be up to 4,000 potential victims in this phone hacking scandal. they've had their messages eaves dropped upon by tabloid journalists. it is without do you the biggest scandal to have hit the british pressure. ruper murdock has closed down that paper, but this phone-hacking scandal is not over yet. it didn't take long for staff from "news in the world" to end up in the local pub. losing your job normally results in drinking a pint, and now they had a lot to reflect on. >> it was completely unexpected, and collective devastation. >> reporter: the 168-year-old tabloid is a british institution, but the phone hacking scandal had left it in a political vortex from which it couldn't escape. its owner, media mogul rupered murdock realized his entire empire was at risk. one can
coming up later in "the situation room." meanwhile, outraged lawmakers in britain have a lot of question foss rupert murdoch. will they get answers when he and their son appeared before parliament next week. why won't republicans take what they can get in debt talks. i'll ask paul ryan about this game of chicken that's making so many americans sick. [ male announcer ] to the seekers of things which are one of a kind. the authentic, the rare, the hard to define. to those always searching for what's pure and what's real from we who believe we know just how you feel. haagen-dazs. vietnam, 1967. i got mine in iraq, 2003. u.s.a.a. auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation, because it offers a superior level of protection and because u.s.a.a.'s commitment to serve the military, veterans, and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote. u.s.a.a. we know what it means to serve. >>> casey anthony will be released from jail on sunday. as a free woman, she'll reportedly live in a secret location, likely under a new name, and according to s
have been hacked. in britain today, the prime minister david cameron was forced to depend b himself in this exploding scandal during a very contentious session of parliament. our senior international correspondent dan rivers is in london. >> wolf, from the committee rum where rupert murdoch was grilled to the main chamber in the house of commons, the phone hacking story continues. there was a debate in which the prime minister david cameron faced a barrage of questions about his hiring of andy callson, tcallso coulson. >> the pattern of events suggests that the prime minister and those around him made every effort not to hear the facts. in the last week, we have become aware of five opportunities for the prime minister or his staff to have acted on specific information that would have surely led him to change his mind about mr. coulson, all were declined. >> but the prime minister insisted that he did everything he could. >> the ininquiry should consider not just the relationship between the press, police and politicians but their individual conduct, too. and we also made clear the
to live as normal a life as they can. bringing a fresh new look to britain's future monarchy. >> i do believe that the tour of canada and the united states of america is the beginning of a real change for the royal family. >> reporter: well, it's canada day here. people are already turning out for the festivities and of course with the hope of catching a glimpse of william and kate. they may have already charmed english speaking canada but their next more significant challenge will be french canada. >> sounds like you better brush up on your french, ben fogle. [ speaking french ]. >> we'll make due. good luck. nbc news has put together a dvd of the event, the ceremony and procession, that balcony kiss. for more on this, go to our website and "today."com. >>> we will atalk about why the defense rested in the casey anthony trial without calling her to testify and what it was like to live in the anthony family home. we'll talk exclusive to casey's one-time bodyguard. >>> but first, this is "today" on nbc. wedding in mon >> live, local, latebreaking. this is bill edl tv 11 news today in b
to have you with us. >> i'm chris wragge. there's been another development in britain's phone hacking scandal. a new arrest a man said to be former editor of "news of the world" as pressure groiz on rupert murdoch to testify in london and possibly washington. new development every day. television deal with bsky b looks like it's -- >> out. >> -- a thing of the past. >>> with time going out, the president abruptly walked out of wednesday's meeting according to republicans. nancy cordes joins us live from capitol hill with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, chris. it appears that patience is wearing thin in the room where the president is meeting at the white house with eight top congressional leaders. both sides accuse the other of moving the goal posts, of failing to lead and now it appears the president has had enough. they may have been all smiles at the start of the meeting but tensions flaired after house majority leader eric cantor republican from virginia repeatedly proposed a series of short term extensions of the debt limit if a
to strengthen relations between the two countries. >>> britain's best-selling newspaper released its final edition this morning amid phone bribery and hacking allegations. in the issue, "news of the world" apologized for its appalling wrongdoing. police are conducting two separate investigations into the action of former staffers "news of the world" is owned by the news corp. >>> we return to a controversial issue secretary gates and i discussed a few weeks back. build a new app for the sales team in beijing. and convince the c.e.o. his email will find him... wherever he is. i need to see my family while they're still awake. [ male announcer ] with global services from dell, jim can address his company's i.t. needs through custom built applications, cloud solutions and ongoing support in over 100 countries. so his company sees results. and jim sees his family. dell. the power to do more. host: could switching to geico reon car insurance? or more host: do people use smartphones to do dumb things? man 1: send, that is the weekend. app grapgic: yeah dawg! man 2: allow me to crack...the bubbly
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britain. two more of publisher rupert murdoch's newspapers have been drawn into the scandal and there's another high profile victim. former prime minister gordon brown was hacked, his phone, while he was in office. back in 2006, a woman nailed rebecca brooks was the editor of the sun newspaper. she contacted the prime minister and his wife sarah. brooks said she knew that their newborn son had just been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and she was going to publish the story. he called her on that moment with the bbc today. >> your son is now going to be broadcast across the media. sarah and i were incredibly upset about it, we're thinking about his long term future, our family. >> in the meantime, a third murdoch newspaper the sunday times is accused of illegally obtaining gordon brown's financial details. and the editor of the sun rebecca brooks eventually went on to run the newspaper that has been at the center of the scandal as it began. and that is the news of the world. >>> this afternoon, president obama awarded the medal of honor to one of the army's elite rangers, sergeant first
say as of now, every known terror group is a suspect. >>> yet another arrest in britain's phone hacking scandal. meantime the house of commons wants to question rupert murdock about the scandal and there are even calls here in the u.s. for an investigation. >>> two new studies in africa have found that an aids drug already shown to help prevent the spread of the virus in gay men also works for heterosexual men and women. experts called the drug a breakthrough in africa's battle against aids. >>> the white house is threatening to veto a measure passed by the house that would limit the government's role in protecting water ways oig from pollution. it would bar the epa from overruling decisions that states make on water quality. >>> and a new fiery display wednesday at europe's most active volcano. mount aetna sent chunks flaming high into the air closing a nearby airport for a time, but putting on a spectacular show as you see there. >>> it is three past the hour. you're up-to-date. let's get a check of the weather with al roker this los angeles. >>> today's weather is brought to
the past families at almost all costs, i would hope. >> the controversial in britain, child obesity has been a factor in several child protection cases with experts arguing foster care should be considered if parents are neglectful or reject efforts to control an obese child's week. -- weight. >> thank you very much. the topic is getting a lot of attention on line. here is what viewers had to say on our facebook page. you can get in on this discussion on wjla.com or on our facebook page. >> for the folks taking part in that debate, here is something for them to consider. a new nationwide initiative aimed at offering healthier eating initiatives. the program was announced this morning at the national press club here 19 restaurant chains including burger king and ihop will add mills to their menus that focus on lean protein, low fat dairy, fruits, and vegetables. >> it is exciting that restaurants are rising to the challenge of creating items for the whole family, items that not only the taste buds but also improve our waistlines and help our bodies, give our bodies the nutrition they nee
a fresh new look to britain's future monarchy. >> the tour of canada and the united states of america is the beginning of a real change for the royal family. >> reporter: well, it's canada day. crowds of people rushing to the stage hoping to catch a glimpse of william and kate when they get here. they are charmed english speaking canada. the challenge ahead of them is french canada. something tells me they have been practicing their french overnight. back to you in the studio. >> i have no doubt they are going to pull it off. we have developing news we have been following. former imf chief dominic strauss-kahn, there's credibility problems with the maid who accused him of rape. what are you learning jonathan? >> the court hearing is going to get under way in an hour. it's our understanding dominic strauss-kahn's bail is going to be reduced considerably. we are told that prosecutors have agreed to go along with much of what the defense is asking. we don't know if they are going to give the defense everything they are asking. expect the ankle bracelet to go and that huge dollar amount t
. in fact, he worked for 12 years in various titles of news international, working also in great britain. that included being the -- heading up the publications, including the times, the sunday times, the sun, the news of the world that we've been hearing so much about. so very important here, he served as chairman and chief executive of fox television stations. so we don't know much more about this, other than the fact that right now on the website for "the wall street journal," they are reporting that he is to resign today. and again, this comes on the heels of the resignation of -- i'm sorry, in great britain, of course. >> yeah, the ceo rebecca brooks. rebecca brooks. >> exactly. brooks, thank you very much, who stepped down with a resignation letter, saying that she denies that she was aware of anything that led up to the hacking scandal in the uk, but did step down. but she's a protege of rupert murdoch for many, many years. second bombshell today. also on the heels of the news corporation saying that tomorrow in great britain, it is showing a kbig banner add. this could be one mor
has been brought. >> reporter: britain is now the third nato member after france and the u.s. to recognize the rebels known as the transitional national council. britain is expelling gadhafi's representatives from london and requesting the rebels send an ambassador, but now the rebels say they would be okay if moammar gadhafi remains in libya as long as he retires from power. more salt in the wound for nato, the pan-am 103 bomber appeared at a rally in tripoli on tuesday, he was released from a scottish prison because he was supposed to be dying of cancer. lawmakers on capitol hill continue to bristle at not having been consulted about the decision. buck mckeon says he received a last minute call on the eve of the conflict, the president said he wanted to see him in an hour. >> we don't have a plane fast enough to get me back from california to the white house, and the thing is the day before, thursday, was st. patrick's day. and we had a lunch here in the rayburn room with the president, the vice president, the speaker. i shook hands with the president, vice president. and
and former columnist with the "new york times." that phone hacking scandal that brought down one of britain's biggest news scandals, and why it has implications in the future. winning hotel bids to find where you can save up to 60% on hotels. * we'll even email you other people's winning bids, so you'll know what price to name. *á with new hotel bid alerts, from priceline. [ jim ] i need to push out a software upgrade. build a new app for the sales team in beijing. and convince the c.e.o. his email will find him... wherever he is. i need to see my family while they're still awake. [ male announcer ] with global services from dell, jim can address his company's i.t. needs through custom built applications, cloud solutions and ongoing support in over 100 countries. so his company sees results. and jim sees his family. dell. the power to do more. >>> well, rupert murdoch's "news of the world" is out of business and some are alleged to have been involved in hacking of the phones of politicians and even murder victims. now comes word that the fbi is looking into whether families of the victims
and clashed with riot police. >>> on to canada, the royal visit. britain's prince william and katherine are in montreal today. day three of the first official trip abroad as man and wife. they are coming to the united states afterwards. >>> and as long as we're talking about royal couples, prince albert of monaco is now a married man. he and south african born charlene wittstock were legally married yesterday during a civil ceremony but held a religious service today in monte carlo. >>> the president of venezuela will stay out of his country for a bit longer. hugo chavez made a shocking announcement this week publicly acknowledging a grim rumor that had been swirling about his health. >> reporter: this is how president chavez looks today. it is a different chavez from the one first elected president 13 years ago. then he was the youngest head of state in his country's history. today, he is battling cancer. this video was released on friday and shows him working. but he is not in caracas. he is far away from his palace in havana where he is receiving cancer treatment. this is a powerful
full, multiple investigations in great britain for allegedly bribery and phone hacking. the u.s. justice department and the fbi are examining whether the company broke laws in the united states. michael isikoff has been looking in to this. what do you know? what's the status of these probes? >> well, you know, the heat is turning up a bit. there's a report this morning that the -- the federal prosecutors are preparing subpoenas to news corp. on the phone hacking allegations. we also reported last night that the feds are interested in a prior act of computer hacking alleged against a major news corp. subsidiary, news america marketing, which was accused in a court case of hacking on repeated occasions into the computers of one of its compoters thcompote e competitors that led to an out-of-court settlement. there's a report today that news corp. has hired the former top prosecutor at the justice department in charge of foreign corrupt practices act. that's because one of the avenues of investigation is were those bribes paid to scotland yard officers by "news of the world" a vio
credibility issues with the maid but have not dropped the case. >>> this sunday, britain's most read tabloid is printing its final edition. rupert murdoch's "news of the world" is shutting down amid claims it hacked into the voice mails of various people including celebrities, politicians, and terror victims. >>> and san francisco police have arrested a suspect who was caught on surveillance video moments after they say he stole a pablo picasso sketch from an art galley. they say the new jersey man walked into the gallery, just took the sketch off the wall and walked out. and how much is it worth? anderson, the picasso piece is valued at around $200,000. >> wow. that's amazing, just walked in and took it. >>> coming up, did they get any closer to a deficit reduction plan? >>> also, willie nelson's pot case takes an unexpected turn landing the judge on the ridiculous. another good thing about geico is, they've got, like, real live people working there 24/7. so like say you need to report a claim, alright. a real person will be there to help you. then you can use geico.com to view photos of th
, the media and the government politicians. that's the key in britain today. it's long been a thorn in the side of the british way of life, this cozy relationship between the power institutions. if this comes to a halt, that would be something. but not many people are betting on it, chuck. >> martin fletcher in london with the latest on this. let's see what happens with brew pert a rupert and where he turns up here in the united states, if he goes public at all. >>> we've heard that faith can move mountains. but can it move voters in this iowa it is doing just that. while faith may lead to victory in the hawkeye state, as nbc explains it, it may not lead to the republican nomination. >> reporter: for iowa republicans, you got to have faith. take michele bachmann. at an iowa church two weeks ago it was more sermon than stump speech. >> jesus is part of every part of life, including law, including politics. >> reporter: bachmann's not the only one. >> for me my faith is very important to me. it influences all that i do. >> if you believe your rights come from your creator, then it is
issued a statement, running in britain's national newspapers, apologizing for any serious wrongdoing. british police say they've arrested at least seven people and have recovered at least 3700 names of potential victims, news of the world shuts-- shuts its door last week, shut its doors last week and it was owned by news corps, the parent company of fox news. >> there are protesters ratcheting the up the pressure on syrian president assad with a series of major rallies across that country. but the government is fighting back. activists claim security forces killed at least 28 people yesterday during the largest demonstrations since this uprising began. rina ninen is covering all of it live from jerusalem. tell us about the new protests. anything different? >> despite the government crackdown it's pretty amazing that people are still turning out, in fact, in the largest numbers we've seen so far. since the unrest and the protest began in march. some estimates touted that 1 million people took to the streets yesterday to try and bring down president assad's regime and they went specif
. ♪ well i -- >> now to the death of amy winehouse. britain's "daily mirror" reports tonight that her friends say amy winehouse's death followed a binge of pills and alcohol. cnn has not been able to confirm it but london police do not know what took her life after finding her body saturday in her apartment. an autopsy may take place as early as monday. in the meantime, mementos from mourners continue to pile up outside her flat. the grammy award winning singer was just 27 years old. >>> asian financial markets opened lower monday as traders reacted to the failure of washington lead attorneys reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling. president obama met sunday with top democrats and house speaker john boehner held a conference call with fellow republicans. an obama campaign official tells cnn the president has canceled two political fund-raising appearances because of the debt ceiling impasse. >>> 35 people are dead and more than 200 injured after a high-speed train crashed in china. the cars of the bullet train dang from a bridge as rescuers struggle to reach the victims. witnesses t
in britain, who gave me my job, she was feature editor and i was looking at the same books we both had. we were spending 4,000 pounds a week on you know, private investigators. doing these kind of practices. it's just extraordinary if she was the department boss who then moved up to to be editor. how could you not notice an expense of over 100,000 a year on this kind of thing and not even ask what it's for. her position is ludicrous. even worse than that, for her to turn round and initially andy colson turn around and say, we didn't know about it, it was a rogue reporter acting on his own, and now five reporters have been arrested, and i've been invited into scotland yard to be arrested three time, and they were just saying, we didn't know, it was just the reporters acting on their own. >> rupert murdoch and his son james and rebekah brooks have agreed to testify tuesday at a hearing on the scandal. stay tuned to cnn. >>> a government plan that actually worked? how do you shutdown one of the nation's busiest roadways and not cause much trouble? we're going to show you. i got mine in iraq,
in london and britain. i hope there is, for his sake. but certainly rebecca brooks, as the one running the operation there, has a responsibility, whether or not she knew. i was trying to figure out today is she more like the g. gordon liddy in the watergate era or more like matt that harrah because of all the tentacles she has going out to the press and the powerful people. >> i'm sort of surprised that -- i want to say it's a conflicting message to people, that nothing seemed to really happen, when it was just listening to hugh grant's phone conversations. and just a little bit happened when it was actually the royal family. but it was the -- when it hit common people, regular everyday people, crime victims, that seemed to change everything. why do you think that is? >> well, i think there's a sympathy factor which is understandable when you're talking about crime victim, talking about minors, talking about soldiers who have been killed. i think that's -- that strikes a sympathetic chord in most people. also, i think we look at celebrities the way we look at powerful people in general
the challenges to keep the peace in great britain as he and specifically his relationship with the murdock media empire became such a focus of attention. he was calling it a major distraction, which could not go on. of course among those ten arrests you mentioned, the latest high profile arrest was rebekah brooks, the chief of the british media holdings. she said it came as a complete surprise when she showed up at a prearranged appointment with police on sunday and was subsequently held and questioned for nine hours before being released on bail. now, in all of this, thomas, pressure continues to mount obviously on the murdock family. they're expected to appear tomorrow before the parliamentary committee and on british prime minister david cameron. he's currently in south africa today. he addressed briefly the phone hacking scandal. and in what he had to say he was clearly standing his ground. let's take a listen. >> what the government wants to do here is what i think the whole country wants to do, which is to make sure we sort out this issue, we have a proper police investigation, a proper in
the united states were not japan and germany, they were actually russia and great britain who were our allies. the british actually had a thing they called the rumor factory in washington which was there to just kind of spread rumors about the germans. people like ian fleming, the guy that wrote james bond, he kind of worked the u.s. cocktail party circuit trying to get american to support the british. boy, this sure isn't new. jon: the allegation here is that this guy helped funnel about $4 million of cash to various members of congress who would be able to, you know, influence u.s. policy or maybe vote on u.s. policy especially with regard to kashmir. that portion of disputed territory that lies between india and pakistan. both nations claim it as their own. >> yeah. well, all i can say is, you know, the pakistani intelligence service could have used that money a lot better fighting terrorists back in pakistan. look, the odds of floating around a little money like that, moving u.s. policy on kashmir are zero. kashmir is a flash point issue between india and pakistan. the last thing the unit
a letter to the a.t.f. demanding answers. >> a top executive quick at news international in britain, the the dow jones chief executive resigned hours after the chief announced her recognition and the c.e.o. murdoch has apologiesed for wrongdoing in a full page ad running in british papers this week. news international is owned by the parent company of fox news. >> after seven years of marriage, j lo' and marc anthony call it quits saying "we have decided to end our marriage. this was a difficult decision and painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy." the two recently performed a steamy routine at the "american idol," finale in may. they are parents to three-year-old twins. >>dave: if this doesn't shatter your faith in the institution of marriage, i don't know what will. her third marriage, right? i am devastated. j lo' is back on the market. >>dave: and she looks boater than ever, my friends. rick: just saying ... look at the weather. a big story this weekend and this week that will affect so many people. it is the heat. and the heat index across th
of possible victims involved in that hacking scandal in britain could be in the thousands. this morning one celebrity who says he was a target, hugh grant, speaks out in a live interview. >>> and we need aboat. a huge 18-foot-long saltwater crocodile leaps out of the river to the delight and terror of tourists. and the photographer who took the picture says it's no croc d the picture says it's no croc d day. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. boy, the gloves are off in washington. the move could be more today because the president and top congressional leaders are going to go back to the negotiating table yet again. >> that's right. the republicans were not at all happy with the president's comment on tuesday. now senator mitch mcconnell has offered that last chance option. we're going to tell you what he is offering straight ahead. >>> also this morning matt, it was a deadly crash that made national headlines. a woman who police say was drunk and high killed herself, her daughter, thre
in the spirit with an olympiad of a didn't story. this is the annual competition for britain's top chap. this begins with a lighting of the pipe rather than a torch. the whole idea is something they call a a dying breed. it allows chaps to compete without getting sweaty or messing up their pants in their trousers. it includes swaupbterring, swing dancing, drinking martinis and seated tennis. i wonder what you win? >> i could be competitive in two or three of those. i'm a good swanterror. i can even hold a martini on a try and saunter like that. >> it's not a sport my friend. >> it certainly is. >> come on. >> what do you know about sportsmanship? i know nothing. >> that's absolutely right. >> i break into dudley moore and then colonel clink. i say nothing. what i'm talking about next is the high temperatures which are coming back our way. hopefully you enjoy your sunday. it will be almost summer-like around here, and i mean soon. whoever said that "less is more" is more or less mathematically challenged. less isn't more, it's less. and the only thing more than more is a lot more. which
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before britain's parliament. >> is everything so far enough to turn the tide of public opinion? >> it's not. so far it's been too little, too late, and too defensive. >> reporter: crisis management expert richard levich has handled crisis management. but he and others said since it took two weeks to issue the apologies was disastrous. >> it's extraordinary to me that a company that has been so good down the years at trading in public opinion, which is what they do, they've got it so wrong every step of the way. >> it appears murdoch himself may not be feeling the blood. his damage control may be ratcheting up. he's hired the world's largest pr firm, offices in more than 50 cities, including this building here in washington. part of what looks to be a dream team he's building for a public and legal counteroffensive. he's hired famed attorney brendan sullivan to handle legal matters in the u.s. former justice department official and new york schools chief joel kline will lead the internal investigation. still a tough road back in public opinion for a man who levich says spent 40 years i
, news corporation decided to drop its bid to buy remaining shares in bskyb, britain's largest satellite broadcasting company. this doesn't mean, patti ann, that newscorp won't revisit the plan sometime down the road but for now it's been scrapped. newscorp issued a statement saying it had believed that newscorp taking over bskyb would actually benefit both companies but it is clear in the current climate it can't progress with the deal, newscorp owns 39 percent of the shares in bskyb. there was a lively debate in the british parliament today. it was expected that the government would vote this evening to ask news corporation to drop its bid to take over bskyb. even though newscorp has dropped the bid, apparently that discussion tonight is going on but here's what british prime minister david cameron said at a preliminary debate this morning: >> what has happened to this company is disgraceful, it's got to be addressed at elf level and they should stop thinking about mergers when they've got to sort out the mess they've created. >> reporter: cameron has, patti ann, welcomed newscorp's de
's a fascinating story. the murdochs basically drew a line in the sand at the hearings in britain a couple days ago. there's a lot of terrible things going on, a lot of people are culpable, but we didn't know about it. they did a good job i thought. the problem with the story, it's got to stand up. if it stands up, they escape. if it doesn't, they're in big trouble. some of the executives blamed, are saying, hey, we told james murdoch, james murdoch didn't understand why they paid people off, he was new at the job, he agreed to go along with it. the legal manager and the former editor of the "news of the world," two very senior executives at news international have issued aut!ñ statement say that's not true, we actually briefed him in detail on, he knew exactly what was happening. it's not clear if that's the sort of start or trend and people are concerned and say the murdochs got it all wrong and they were lying basically to parliament, then they're in big trouble. >> with all you know and your experience, you working in the community, do the murdoch statements align with what you've heard about
editor of news of the world and the first woman to run britain's biggest newspaper, shannon. finally, all of this, brooks has not been charged yet but all of this dose complicate matters intensely because she along with rupert murdoch and her son james are all set to testify before a parliamentary select committee this tuesday. that is the latest from london. back to you, shannon. >> shannon: amy kellogg,ing thank you very much. this is a fox news alert. egyptian state television says former president hosni mubarak is now in a coma. mubarak was strong armed out of office after the february uprisings that helped kick off the arab spring. all i know so far, the president is in a full coma. we will continue to try to gather more information on that and bring you the news as we get it. >>> iowa's governor says it is very likely texas governor rick perry will run for president. governor branstad says he gets the impression perry is likely to run. the hawkeye state holds the first in the nation presidential caucus in february of 2012. >>> businessman herman cain says a better business climate i
that it will take off in time. >>> an arrest in the huge hacking scandal in britain. the news that the world's former editor and the prime minister's former aide. >>> like we told you, we want to start with the jobless numbers. our christine romans, once again, back with us there in new york. let's talk about is this really as bad as it sounds? >> reporter: look. as one economist said, ian sheped heardson said a big bucket of cold water. 18,000 jobs created overall. the estimates ranged from 80,000 to 125,000. market and economists expected more jobs creation than that. when you dig within the numbers you can see government jobs were shed. wow. thousands. 57,000 private sector jobs created but 39,000 government jobs lost. unemployment rate went up. so this tells you, kyra, bottom line, that private companies are not confident to hire in big numbers at all and the government, local and state government, because of budget cuts, continue to slash jobs. this is what the trajectory looks like. we have come from massive job losses there over about a year ago 192,000 four months of bad jobs and the
of britain's parliament today about the tabloid phone hacking scandal that threatens his empire. while an early whistle blower in the scandal is discovered dead. we're live in london with the dramatic developments. >>> california dreamin? new information suggests casey anthony may have flown to the golden state after her release from jail. as one witness from her trial claims the prosecution knowingly withheld evidence that could have helped the defense. >>> and belles of the ball. the u.s. soccer team may have come up short in the world cup, but they're number one in our hearts today and we've got them all in our studio on this hearts today and we've got them all in our studio on this tuesday, july 19th, 2011 captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, in this is "today" with matt lauer and ann curry, live from studio 1 a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome, i'm ann curry. >> and i'm matt lauer. and boy, what a day it's going to be for rupert murdoch, hauled in front of parliament. he'll be answering questions about the phone hacking scandal about his tabloid "news o
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